Review: “Trex or Treat” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Trex or Treat
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 34 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2018
PRICE: $1.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.
Josh’s son, Ernie, can’t wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….
Second Edition
First Edition published by Etopia Press in Halloween Heat (IV anthology), October 2012.


Trex or Treat was a cute, sweet, sexy story by Tara Lain. It has great story building for such a short story, and I found myself smiling through the book as I was reading it. I really enjoyed the main characters and their families. I liked that both main characters are single fathers in a way. With Josh being a single father to his son, Ernie, and Bradley “Trex” Trexler being a father figure to his younger stepbrother, Beauregard “Bogo.” I also liked that they both are going to be working at the same university since Josh is a busy college professor and Trex is a grad student and TA, doing his final paper on homosexual activity in opportunistic settings, like cowboys who are thrown together out on the range versus being a biological homosexual. I also liked that he’s a fan of Professor Harris and is using some of his books for research on his paper. Trex had a little bit of hero worship that was really cute with the crush that Josh had on him. Trex also wasn’t shy about going for what he wanted, which was apparent when he invited Josh back to his haunted house for the adult party that was being held after the kids had all gone home. My favorite part of the haunted house was of the televisions playing horror movies and how that changed during the adult party portion.

Overall, a super cute, sweet, and sexy short story that fans of Tara Lain will love. If there was anything that I would change it would be that I would love another book about this couple to see how their relationship progresses since the book was so short.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Made to Measure” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Made to Measure
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Under the Uniform
PUBLISHER: Aubergine Publishing
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; MMM; BDSM;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Me, Viva Gold, plus Megs Pritchard, JJ Harper, T.a. McKay, L.J. Harris, Ann Grech, Lou Watton and Brad Tanner have collaborated to write under the banner ‘Aubergine Publishing’. We decided to create a series of MM stories around the theme of UNIFORMS. We have called it Under the Uniform.
It’s a loose theme – but the main ingredients are sexy men who love men!
Made to Measure takes the idea of uniforms being used to boost the profile of the London Metropolitan Police. A special ops squad have been chosen to become insta-fame celebs in order to make the Met seem more ‘with it’ and to dispel negative opinion.
The main character who tells the story from his perspective, is Sergeant Rob Ross. He’s a big man but a natural submissive. One of his team; the rookie, Liam Ryan, is built like an oak tree and also happens to be a Dom. Another man features – his name is Sanjay and he isn’t with the police but seems to fit right in the middle of the other two!
This novella, is the story of how they met and what occurs afterwards… it’s short, sharp, sweet and sexy!
If you have read my books, Izzy’s Boy and Good Lord, this novella will hold special treats for you…


Viva Gold, Megs Pritchard, JJ Harper, T.a. McKay, L.J. Harris, Ann Grech, Lou Watton, and Brad Tanner have collaborated to write under the banner Aubergine Publishing. They decided to create a series of MM stories around the theme of UNIFORMS. They have called it Under the Uniform. I had the pleasure of reading Made to Measure by Viva Gold, but I can’t wait to read the other books in the Under the Uniform series. The book is a standalone, but there are cameos from the characters in her previous books, Izzy Boy and Good Lord. You don’t have to have read Izzy Boy or Good Lord to enjoy Made to Measure, but it will only enhance the reading experience. The book’s well written and the characters are vivid, and so is the storyline. The book is on the short side at only 84 pages, but for those 84 pages, I was locked to that book and transported into the lives of Viva Gold’s characters. Oh and do her characters get to have so much fun. This book has men in yummy form-fitting uniforms. There’s a sergeant looking for a Dom, a police rookie looking for a sub, a meddling host, and an Indian butler that brings them all together.

The story is told through Sergeant Rob Ross’ POV. Rob’s the boss of a special ops squad in the London Metropolitan Police department. The Met’s been having a problem with negative opinions, and to seem more with it, they’ve decided to update the uniforms of the special ops squad. The team’s invited to Greenall Manor, which is the home of Jason and Angel from Good Lord, and Remi, from Izzy Boy, is currently visiting while Izzy’s away, for a three-week intensive residential course to get fit for their new kits. While they are there, they’re under the care of Greenall Manor’s Indian butler, Sanjay, who just so happens to be single.

Rob’s a born leader with the heart of a natural submissive. He’s a big muscular man, who’s attracted to ginger-haired men bigger than he is who are in the Dom/sub lifestyle. So he finds himself powerfully attracted to his new rookie officer, Liam Ryan. Liam oozes alpha dominance even if he is the lowest man on the totem pole. Being Liam’s boss though puts a monkey wrench in him being able to pursue that attraction, much to Rob and Liam’s frustration. And since Rob can’t relieve his frustrated desires with Liam, he turns to Sanjay instead who’s equally attractive but in a different way.

Liam Ryan had just relocated to the special ops squad before they go for their new uniforms. He’s a Dom who has been training under Izzy and so he knows Jason, Angel, and Remi already from the lifestyle. He asks for advice on what to do about his attraction to his boss and how to get Rob to give them a chance even though they work together. In the meantime, he also ends up fooling around with Sanjay.

Sanjay’s been the long-time butler for the Greenall Manor. He loves his job, but he’s lonely and seeing how happy his master is, makes him long for a loving relationship of his own. So with a little encouragement from his boss, he seduces both Rob and Liam separately and then later helps bring Rob and Liam together to make a threesome relationship. And oh do they have some sexy times. The way the author describes Sanjay having his turban removed to reveal his long beautiful hair was beyond sexy, especially when you know that the only people that know what his hair looks like at all are the people that he sleeps with.

Overall a very entertaining short story that I would recommend reading if you liked reading Izzy’s Boy and Good Lord. I can’t wait to read the other books in the Under the Uniform series.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Embracing Fate” by C.C. Dado

TITLE: Embracing Fate
AUTHOR: C.C. Dado
SERIES: A Series of Fate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 91 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

BLURB:

A Series of Fates: Book Two
Sometimes you just have to embrace your fate.
Seth has a secret: he has a crush on the human next door. His brilliant plan to meet Jack, the man of his dreams who happens to be an animal trainer? Take wolf form and ask his best friend, Max, to take him next door for training. Seth is the only one surprised when things go horribly awry.
Still, can this shy wolf and a human meet their fate as mates?


Embracing Fate is the second book in the A Series of Fate series by C.C. Dado. This book is just as good as the first book. The plot is fun, and the characters are lovable. It’s a short story, and like the first book, there are no on-page sex scenes. I did like getting to see more of Max and Christian and Zeus, who is the alpha’s second-in-command. Oh, and I did like how some of the lies that Seth tells end up having some funny consequences. Poor Zeus is never going to believe anything Seth says again.

I greatly enjoyed getting to read about Seth finding his mate. That his mate is a human and a dog trainer is a complication until Seth convinces his best friend Max to pretend that Seth, in his wolf form, needs training. His best friend tries to point out that it isn’t the best idea since the towns’ people, which go through a very strict background check to get to live there on a month to month lease, have no idea that a wolf shifter pack owns the town. Seth and Max risk the alpha’s displeasure should Jack, the dog trainer, find out that the wolf he’s training is actually Seth, his next-door neighbor and owner of Sweets and Meats bakery. But Seth can’t think of any other way to interact with his mate with how painfully shy he is and the anxiety he has around strangers. What they didn’t expect was that Jack would form such a close bond with Max’s pet wolf that he would want to adopt him from Max. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jack, Seth in wolf form, and Jack’s dog, Winston, are all basking in Jack’s yard after a training session and they all fall asleep and Seth shifts back into his human form. And he has to sneak back to his bakery naked with only some shrubs to preserve his modesty.

I loved the part of the book when Seth is in the back baking, and he overhears his new neighbor, Jack, giving commands to his dog, Winston, and Seth’s wolf responds to them also leaving him sitting on the floor of the bakery and then lying there a minute later. I couldn’t stop giggling. And that was only one of the parts that had me laughing. The book was just fun to read, and sometimes you just want to be entertained without having to pay a whole lot of attention to make sure that you didn’t miss something.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Fearing Fate which is going to be about Zeus finding his mate.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Denying Fate” by C.C. Dado

TITLE: Denying Fate
AUTHOR: C.C. Dado
SERIES: A Series of Fate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 83 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.
Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.
Or are they both denying fate?


Denying Fate is the first book in the A Series of Fate series by C.C. Dado. I loved this book. This is the first time that I’ve read a book by this author, and so I wasn’t sure what to expect in the way of a heat level. I was slightly surprised that there were no on-page sex scenes. Content-wise this book would be acceptable for a teen to read. I happen to love to read a wide range of books with or without sexual content and watch a lot of shows and movies that are made for teens, so this was right up my alley. The book is about Max and Christian, but the book is told from the point of views of Max and his best friend, Seth. It was a little weird having the POV from Seth instead of Christian, but I liked it. I liked that Seth was Max’s protector and helped balance Max’s more flamboyant and energetic character. I also liked how Max complimented his friend with being an extrovert to Seth’s introvert and how he would interact with the customers in the front of the store which allowed Seth to hide out in the back and continue to bake all of the goods.

I loved Max. He’s had a hard eighteen years living with an abusive father who kicks him out at eighteen, but it hasn’t dampened his spirit. He’s very much the optimist. He’s sometimes a little over the top and immature, but he’s only eighteen, so that does fit with his character. He’s believed that Christian is his mate since he was little and has proposed multiple times, the first being when he was five and the last being a month before when he was seventeen. But Christian has been denying his claim because he feels that the way Max acts doesn’t fit with the image of being the mate of an alpha. It isn’t until Seth goes to see Christian and tells him to either accept Max as his mate or cut all ties so that Max can move on that they realize what Max is and what his special gift to the pack is. It’s a spoiler, so I’m not going to tell you.

Christian is the Alpha of the pack and has been since his parents were killed in an accident. He constantly finds himself exasperated by Max and compares him to his mother who was sweet and kind. It blinds him to what Max is, and so he denies that Max is his fated mate. Although he does do little things that prove that Max is his mate. When he realizes what Max is, he feels that he has to prove to his mate how much he’s appreciated before he will claim him, much to Max’s frustration. I did find Christian to be kind of abrupt when talking to Max or Seth on the phone, but he always gave Max what he wanted once they were dating. They were cute together. I liked their chemistry together.

Seth is the best friend of Max. Seth’s special gift is his ability to cook delicious things. When Max gets kicked out of his house, the alpha allows them to live over his mother’s sweet shop in town while they go to college. They quickly decide to get permission to open the shop again as a bakery called “Sweets and Meats.” But first, they have to get their degrees. Seth goes to study cooking and Max studies business. Although Max is good at accounting, it isn’t his special gift. I liked all of the cuddle time that Max gets from Seth in a purely platonic way.

I recommend this book for anybody that’s looking for a sweet short read about fated mates with low angst and drama and no on-page sex scenes.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Push” by BL Morticia

TITLE: Push
AUTHOR: BL Morticia
SERIES: Music in Motion
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: April Martinez
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 246 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 23, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Music In Motion: Book One
Malakei Oakley, aka rapper M. Prophet, is at the top of his game—but deep in the closet. Handsome, wealthy, and successful as the head of 315East Entertainment, Malakei should be on cloud nine. Despite his awards and a Midas touch that has every musician clamoring to work with him, something is missing.
Seth “Reaper” Davies is ready for stardom. His band High Stakes plays to small, packed houses all over Birmingham and London but has yet to get their big break. But Seth isn’t giving up on his dream—no matter what it takes.
A viral video prompts a message from a person he doesn’t expect—the talented M. Prophet. Their musical styles are worlds apart, and Seth has no desire to change his style to sell records. But his curiosity—and his attraction to Malakei—wins out.
Malakei can’t get Seth out of his mind. He also can’t come out without ruining his reputation. No matter how much he wants the sexy singer, his only option is to push Seth away. But he’s about to find out Seth isn’t one to give up on what he wants—and he might be just what Malakei needs.


Malakei Oakley, aka rapper M. Prophet, is at the top of the music world. Successful rapper and producer, Malakei is young, beautiful, talented and very rich. He seems to have everything in his life except love. Malakei is gay and deep, deep in the closet. He’s too scared to come out, too scared to lose everything he’s built.

Seth “Reaper” Davis, is the lead singer of his band, High Stakes. They start to make a name around their town Birmingham and London, but they still need the little push to be known by the world.
When Malakei discovers them on YouTube, he knows things will never be the same for him. Seth will come into his life like a tsunami and will change everything for him.
Push by BL Morticia is book one in the Music in Motion series. It’s also the first book that I’ve read from the author.

I adored this book. I completely melted for the characters and the story.
Malakei is rich, talented, smart and beautiful, but he’s lonely and deep in the closet. Seth is out and proud, and he’s also stubborn, loud, and speaks his mind without thinking. They are polar opposites, from their origins to their music, everything seems to be a total contradiction between them, but it works for them, their differences don’t push them apart, on contrary, that’s what puts them together.
I completely adored them, Seth is definitely my fav because he’s funny, loud and crazy, totally my type. I adored how they were together, how Seth pushes Malakei onto the right path. I also adored that they were a mixed-race couple, I love a book that shows love in all its forms, no matter gender, race or religion.

The writing was good, fluid, and dynamic. The story takes place in front of us easily, and we follow it without difficulty. They were some twists in the book, but nothing crazy, and it serves the plot and the story right. The story focuses on Malakei and Seth, their meeting, their almost insta-love moment and how they became THE couple that the world wants to be.

I happily recommend this book. If you’re in the mood for a good love story, with 2 adorable MCs, this book will do the job, nothing crazy, nothing too heavy just love and music.
I will definitely follow this series and the author.

5 OptimuMM for the Reaper and his Prophet!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis